As we think about the holiday of thanksgiving, I want to focus on a different aspect.

God is so gracious to expose what is in our hearts (often we don’t like it). Many of us live from the outside in rather than the inside out. God’s Spirit dwells on the inside of us as believers. We have His words to show us what should be in our hearts. Sometimes, we are still wrapped up in old worldly habits of thinking and reacting. We continue to live and react from the outside in rather than the inside out.

As we cultivate Godly hearts containing His principles, we find we learn to cast aside the temptation to follow the instincts that rise up to blame others, to judge and/or to act out of our fleshly nature. You will get bigger on the inside than you are on the outside.

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful that He is highlighting what is in my heart that does not line up with His principles for Godly thinking and reacting. He shows me in a flash thought when I am acting out of the outside rather than the inside which has been trained to follow His principles for timing and reacting to life situations. For this I am very thankful even though it reveals my spiritual immaturity.

© Peggy Park

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